The 70th Anniversary of RNAS Yeovilton marked the Second of Pete Wells and the Silence Twister joining the Swift team for our integrated display. The weather was also very similar to our first display in 2008, with a dull start and strong southerly (on crowd) wind.
The cloud started breaking by midday however, to enable Ian Gallacher, Guy Westgate and Pete to fly a full display infront of the 30,000 strong crowd. The Air Day lineup was truly impressive with the Vulcan giving possibly the most spirited display todate. There were several formation teams, with the Red Arrows, Royal Jordanian Falcons and Spanish Air Force Patrulla Aguila.
Firing of flares over land was banned for a few years but this year saw 3 teams indulge. The Danish and Danish F16s both released flares, as did the Lynx helicopter. Yeovilton was also significant for the scale of the pyrotechnics in the Navy’s role demo, the wall of fire burnt almost a ton of fuel in a second!
Thanks must go to Paul Johnson and James George for crewing and Matt Robain for ferrying a Twister.